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Peculiar Jurisdictions

A peculiar was a unit of ecclesiastical jurisdiction which was outside the normal scheme of jurisdiction in the diocese. The normal jurisdiction was by the bishop, as ‘ordinary’ (ie exercising the regular jurisdiction attached to his office), but ...

Church of England, Diocese of York

Archiepiscopal records from Bishopthorpe Palace

These are records which have come from Bishopthorpe Palace, the residence of the Archbishop.In the medieval period the Archbishop had a number of houses, and his household was peripatetic. He had residences on his Yorkshire estates at Beverley, Ot...

Church of England, Diocese of York

Rural Deaneries

Archdeaconries are divided into smaller units called rural deaneries (more often called deaneries, or area deaneries, today, as many are not ‘rural’). Every parish in the diocese is within a deanery and looking after the deanery is the rural dean....

Church of England, Diocese of York

Bishops Suffragan

Suffragan bishops existed in the medieval and early modern period, when their roles were mainly concerned with assisting the diocesan bishop with administration. But since 1870 the church has appointed full-time assistant or suffragan bishops with...

Church of England, Diocese of York

Archiepiscopal Courts

From medieval times to the mid nineteenth centuries the church courts had a wide jurisdiction, and heard cases including defamation, matrimony, tithe, probate, church rights and breach of faith by clergy. At first there was only one central York c...

Church of England, Diocese of York

Diocesan Administration

The administration of the Church of England became more complex in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and a range of boards, committees, councils and funding bodies was developed to deal with the growth in parishes, church buildings, mi...

Church of England, Diocese of York

Photographs of York hospitals

Photographs of York hospitals and their staff taken by T. J. W. Hanstock and Joseph Duncan, including York County Hospital and York City Asylum (later Naburn Hospital), 1880s-1928; photograph of Ethel Crombie, co-founder of the Ladies County Hospi...

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